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Woman arrested on assault charge
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TRINITY – A 20-year-old Cleveland woman was free after posting an $8,000 bond Monday after being charged with assaulting an 81-year-old Trinity man,. Sarah K. Jasper was charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury before Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel, who set the bond. Because the victim of the alleged assault is elderly, the charge was elevated to a second-degree felony. Jasper was arrested Sunday afternoon by Officer Donald Givens in connection with an incident reported on Elizabeth Street near its intersection of Caroline Street. According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, police received a disturbance report at about 4:10 p.m. Sunday. The victim had been knocked to the ground during an altercation and sustained severe cuts to both of his arms. He was transported by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center-Trinity where he was treated and released. Synthetic marijuana seized In other police activity, Denise Ann Tucker became the first person to be arrested by Trinity police for possession of synthetic marijuana. According to Jones, the arrest came when Sgt, Randy Wheeler responded to a suspicious vehicle report on Saturday, When the officer arrived in the area, he saw a van driving erratically and made a traffic stop on North Robb near the East Pine Valley intersection. Tucker was subsequently arrested on two misdemeanor possession of miscellaneous substance charges – one involving synthetic marijuana and the other involving the prescription drug Soma. She also was detained on two city warrants issued for unpaid fines totaling $884. She was subsequently released on two $2,000 personal recognizance bonds set by Kinsel on the two drug-related charges. She also made a promise to pay the outstanding fines. Synthetic marijuana was legal to sell and possess until March 1 when the Drug Enforcement Agency reclassified the substance as a Penalty Group 1 narcotic. Composed of an herbal blend of ingredients that can be smoked like marijuana, it has been sprayed with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of THC in the human body,. THC is a psychoactive chemical found in marijuana that produces the “high” when smoked or ingested.